a blessing when it is all just too much - Kate Bowler

Michele Harper: Beauty in the Breaking

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a blessing when it is all just too much

a blessing when it is all just too much

a blessing when it is all just too much

God, I don’t know how to say this any other way: this is just too much.
i am in a body that needs healing, in a world that needs healing, and i am overwhelmed.

 o God, please start it now, the promised beautiful healing of the nations, with me in it.
i can’t wait any longer.

God have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Spirit have mercy.

blessed are we who pray like a child:
o God, please help me feel better soon.
take away the pain I suffer, and let me see good days again.
send relief through the competent hands of medical people
whose training has prepared them, and whose disposition propels them
to seek out the answers that can make a difference for me and for others.

blessed are we who pray, o God heal us all, each one:
the old and the young, the sorry and sad, the angry, the vengeful, the mindless, the innocent, the misguided, the snide, the cruel and powerful, the weak and the frail, the prisoners and protesters, the politicians and police, scientists and engineers, the nurses and doctors, the workers and unemployed, all the sick, the hungry, poor and homeless, the lonely and the dying, every soul in all your creation.
o God establish Your reign! let goodness prevail.

blessed are we, in the midst of it all,
who say to You o God, what can we do in face of such sorrow?

we can lament honestly, and pray continually,
and be truly glad for others when relief comes,
for we are not diminished by it. but rather,
emboldened to pray:
me too, Lord!
for my hope is in You.

God will wipe every tear from their eyes. there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  Rev. 21:4 

God have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Spirit have mercy.

 receive this blessing. it’s for you. then pray it for someone else.

the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

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